Due to domestication, house cats aren’t usually associated with aggression. You are more likely to read about aggressive dogs than finding a headline about an aggressive cat. However, all cats are different, and ultimately, some cats are more hostile than others. Aggressive cat breeds tend to be less tolerant compared to other cats, so it wise to know if your feline friend is one of the bad boys.
Aggression is one of the most commonly seen behavioral issues in cats. Cats can become aggressive and attack people and other pets from fear, pain, overly enthusiastic play, or defense of territory. In most cases, this behavior is natural and appropriate. However, it can have a negative impact on your daily routine.
In this article, you will find a list of cat breeds that have tendencies toward aggressive behavior. Knowing about this from the start will give you a better chance to socialize your new cat properly and get them to be more tolerant towards other people and pets.
10 Cat Breeds You Don’t Want to Mess With
Aggression is caused by a variety of different things, but it can also be prevented with proper socialization. Still, the following breeds are known to be less tolerant and hostile in certain situations.
The Singapura is one of the smallest cat breeds in the world, and they on average weigh from 4-8 pounds. Besides their tiny size, they are also distinguishable by their big eyes and ears, and sepia agouti color.
The color is best described as dark-brown ticking on a light cream background. Even though this is a small breed, they have stocky and muscular bodies, thick necks, and strongly muscled legs.
This is a highly energetic, mischievous, and curious breed. These cats love to play and will investigate every nook and cranny in their home. They stay playful well into their old age and continue running and jumping around the house. This is a people-oriented cat that likes to follow their owner and be close by at all hours of the day. Generally, these cats aren’t shy and like meeting new people.
The Singapura is loyal towards their owner and holds them in the highest regard. This devotion goes so far that these cats can become jealous of other pets and the amount of attention they receive. Thus, socialize your cat from a young age in order to avoid frequent bickering over your attention.
This is an attention seeking breed that requires a lot of affection in order to stay happy.
The Sphynx is best known for being completely hairless. These cats have strong muscular bodies, broad chests, and well-rounded bellies, muscular legs, and long whip-like tails. They have modified wedge-shaped heads, prominent cheekbones, large ears, and large almond-shaped eyes.
At first glance, these cats may seem a bit strange, but once you get to know them, there is no going back.
This is an attention seeking breed that will resort to clownish behavior just to make people look at them. They are demanding cats that like to be the center of attention and will not react well if left out of the fun activities.
These are highly energetic cats that like to play, climb, and jump on cat trees or any available furniture, or just run around the house. They will get themselves in trouble just to get you to pay attention to their doings.
The Sphynx is an affectionate and loving breed that likes to be cuddled and petted and will jump in an empty lap as soon as they see one. These cats get along with children and other pets and enjoy having company. However, they want to be the top cat in the household and can become hostile towards other pets if they feel unappreciated and left out.
#3: Scottish Fold
The Scottish Folds are easily recognizable for their uniquely shaped ears that bend forward, giving these cats an owlish appearance. These are medium-sized cats with rounded bodies, round heads, and large round eyes. Their coat comes in a variety of colors and can be short or medium length.
This is a people-oriented breed, and they love nothing more than to be with their families. They form deep bonds with their owners and don’t like being left alone for longer periods of time. The Scottish Folds are quiet cats that love being involved and will follow their owners around the house.
Since these cats don’t like being left alone, they tend to get along with other pets if introduced properly. However, they are very attached to their people and like to be the sole focus of their owner’s attention. Thus, teach your cat that there is plenty of love to go around to avoid aggressive behavior towards other pets.
The Siamese is one of the most popular cat breeds with an elegant appearance and vivid blue eyes. This is a medium-sized breed with svelte but muscular bodies, slim legs, and long tails that taper to a fine point.
Their most distinctive feature is the pointed coat, with darker points covering the head, tail, and legs. The wedge-shaped head, large triangular ears, and medium-sized deep blue eyes complete the look of these cats.
This is a highly people-oriented, talkative, and opinionated breed. These cats love to follow their owners and offer helpful advice and expect you to act on it. This is a social and demanding breed that doesn’t like being left alone for longer periods of time.
If left to their own devices, the Siamese cats will turn to mischief and turn your house upside down. They are very affectionate and devoted to their owners and make excellent lap cats.
The active and social Siamese cat gets along with children who know how to play and handle a cat. In most cases, they also get along with dogs. However, some cats can be discriminating and fixate on a guest they don’t like for some unknown reason.
The Korat is a medium-sized cat with a silver-blue coat and huge luminous green eyes. These cats have heart-shaped heads, large eyes, and large ears that give them an alert expression.
Their graceful body is well muscled but elegant and supported with longish slim legs. The dense short coat is a distinctive trait of these cats, and the silver tip creates a halo effect, causing these cats to shimmer when they move.
The Korat is possessive of their people and loves nothing more than to be close to them. They will follow their owners everywhere and won’t desert them for visitors. These cats tend to pick their special person whom they cherish above everyone else. They are opinionated cats with distinctive likes and dislikes, and they aren’t afraid of letting their thoughts be known.
These cats don’t like being left alone for longer periods of time. They can easily develop separation anxiety and become aggressive if they feel unappreciated and ignored.
The Korat gets along best with other Korats and can get along with other pets or don’t. However, if the cat is properly socialized from a young age and spends a lot of time with other cats and dogs, they will eventually become friends.
#6: Egyptian Mau
The Egyptian Mau is only one of the few naturally occurring spotted breeds. The silver, bronze, or smoke spotted coat, and large green eyes are the signature traits these cats are famous for.
This is a medium-sized breed with a muscular body, slightly longer hind legs that forelegs, and medium-long tail. The head is slightly rounded and wedge-shaped, with large alert ears and vivid green eyes.
The Maus are the happiest when they are surrounded by their people. They are highly devoted to their owners and love them more than others. They are moderately active cats with strong hunting instincts.
The Maus like to jump and climb, and being the fastest of all domestic cats, they like to run around the house. When they aren’t playing they love sitting in their owner’s lap.
These cats get along with older children who can match their energy levels, and they tend to avoid smaller kids. They aren’t very friendly toward strangers, and may not even acknowledge their presence. The social Mau likes to be the top cat of the household and will get into fights with other cats who are brave enough to challenge their rule.
The Cymric is a tailless breed and the result of a naturally occurring genetic mutation. Although completely tailless, Cymric cats are most desirable for cats shows. They can also be born with tails of varying length including a full-length normal tail.
They have powerful bodies, broad chests, strong hind legs, and broad rear ends. This is a long-haired breed with a round head and large round eyes.
These cats have watchdog qualities and will growl threateningly or even attack if they see something out of the ordinary. They are highly devoted to their owners and will defend them in a true dog fashion.
Generally, these are even-tempered and affectionate cats that like to be close to their owners and will follow them around the house. When they are relieved from their guard duties, these cats will jump in their owner’s lap and nap there, or curl up next to their owner if a lap isn’t available.
If properly socialized from a young age, the Cymric cat makes a great addition to families with children and other pets. However, cats that are used to peace, and quiet won’t accept smaller kids readily. They tend to get along with cats and other dogs as long as they respect the Cymric’s authority.
The Bombay cat is best known for their sleek black coat that makes these cats look like miniature panthers. They have elegant yet muscular bodies, long legs, and they feel heavier than they look when picked up.
The rounded head is topped with widely set medium-sized ears and round gold or copper eyes. The short, fine, and satiny coat always comes in black and is fairly easy to maintain.
Despite their dramatic wild look, this is a friendly and people-oriented breed. These cats love their owners and like being showered with affection. They are also chatty cats, but they speak in quiet and pleasant voices that don’t sound demanding. These cats love to play and are able to learn to play fetch, walk on a leash, and perform tricks.
These cats have an adaptable nature. Thus they are suitable for people of all ages and families with children. They love their owners above everyone else and may not be overly enthusiastic about guests and strangers. They will live in harmony with other pets as long as they respect the Bombay’s authority.
The Bengal‘s distinctive wild look was created from a crossing between the Asian leopard and domestic short-haired cat. They are agile and strong cats that look like they just came out of the jungle.
Their bodies are muscular and strong, yet elegant, and the hind legs are slightly longer than the forelegs. The head has a modified wedge shape and is topped with small, short ears. The most distinctive feature of these cats is their spotted coat that comes in several different colors and patterns.
These are highly active and energetic cats that are always up for a game of fetch. They are intelligent and friendly cats that are prone to mischievous behaviors if not provided with enough toys.
They are in perpetual motion and always ready for new activities. When they aren’t running around the house and playing, they love to jump in their owner’s lap and take a nap. They love their people and will even sleep with them under the covers.
The social and active Bengals get along with older children who can match their energy levels. However, these cats find toddlers uninteresting and will stay away from them. They will enjoy the company of other cats and dogs as long as they are in charge.
#10: American Wirehair
The American Wirehair has an unusual springy coat which is the feature this breed is most famous for. They are medium-sized cats with well-proportionated bodies, muscular legs, and rounded rear sides. They have rounded heads, medium-sized ears, high cheekbones, and large, luminous eyes. Their wiry coat has a hard texture, but it is pleasant to the touch and comes in a variety of different colors and patterns.
These are affectionate and playful cats that like to follow their owners around the house. They are curious and smart and enjoy having a variety of different toys. These aren’t overly attention-seeking cats, and they may or may not be lap cats. However, they like being close to their owners and will find a place near you to curl up and take a nap.
With their social and playful nature, these cats get along with children who know how to play with them. They aren’t afraid of strangers; however, they aren’t particularly interested in people other than their owners.
These cats get along with other pets as long as they respect their boundaries and are willing to leave them be. Otherwise, the Wirehairs will defend their territories and become hostile towards other furry members of your family.
An aggressive cat isn’t always a bad thing. The thing that all of these cats have in common is that they are attention seeking and very attached to their owners. This only means that your cat is not overly ecstatic to share your affection with other furry animals.
If you properly socialize your cat from a young age, you will be able to prevent aggression and teach them how to be more tolerant. At the end of the day, all cats need affection—some just need it more in order to not show their insecurities.
Do you own one of the breeds from out list? Was your cat ever aggressive towards you, other pets, or strangers? Tell us in the comments section below. You may also be interested in learning more about how to tell if a cat is playing or fighting, just in case you ever need to break up a fight.